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    Optimizing Cyanobacteria for Biofuel Production

    A team of researchers explored optimal strategies for biofuel production by investigating effects of altering large cellular complexes called phycobilisomes used by cyanobacteria to efficiently capture light energy for photosynthesis.

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    Revolutionizing Science Communications: The Spirit of Poster 76

    History may someday remember Poster 76, a cartoon rendering of a Big Data curriculum for graduate students at the 2017 Joint Summits [CQ] on Translational Science in San Francisco. PNNL senior research scientist Jason McDermott, its creator, officially presented it March 28.

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    From Omics‚ Novel Glimpses into Early Lung Development

    The development of lungs and the process that enables respiration is still not well understood at the molecular level. To fill the knowledge gaps, PNNL scientists are systematically characterizing normal lung development in mice and humans.

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    At US HUPO, New PNNL Software Tools Get an Airing

    The United States chapter, US HUPO, is hosting its 13th annual conference this week (March 19-22). Among the presenters is PNNL's Sam Payne, an Integrative Omics scientist and team lead who develops algorithms for analyzing proteomics data.

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    A Fresh Look at Measuring the Exposome

    The human exposome is the totality of all environmental exposures in a lifetime, internal and external, including those before birth, from the chemical, biological, and social agents that influence human health. A new paper from PNNL explores one option for improving the coverage, dynamic range, and throughput of exposome measurements.

About The Division

Scientists within the Biological Sciences Division perform biological systems science research and develop technologies focused on how cells, cell communities, and organisms sense and respond to their environment. Our vision is to measure, predict, design, and control multi-cellular biological systems and bio-inspired solutions for energy, environment, and health.

Our investigator-initiated and multi-institutional collaborative research, unique scientific instrumentation, and national program leadership translate the latest scientific discoveries into technologies that are beneficial to the nation.

Our research has applications to energy, environment, and human health missions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal agencies.

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